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The Biopsy and Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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Breast Cancer Confirmation
The day before our appointment to receive the results, our caller I.D. identified an incoming call as coming from our general physician’s office. I knew, from past experience, that Dr. R does not personally make phone calls to patients unless it is very serious business indeed. Upon answering and hearing his voice, I knew we were in for a world of bad news.

“I have the biopsy results and I wanted you to hear it from me first.” A pregnant pause followed. “…You have a malignancy and it’s very serious. Things are going to move very quickly now. I would expect you to see a surgeon by week’s end, and you can count on chemotherapy and maybe radiation. You’ve got a tough fight ahead of you.”

He hadn’t used the word cancer, but I wanted to hear it. “So… I have… cancer?”

Hesitation. Then, “Yes.”

Jim, hearing my words, quickly joined me. We held the phone between us while the doctor explained again. He said we were in for a lengthy and difficult process, but he would assist in any way he could.

How could this be? I never felt healthier in my life! We looked at each other in disbelief, then fell into a long embrace.

Next: Telling the Family, and… ice cream

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Ann Pietrangelo

Ann Pietrangelo is the author of No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis and Catch That Look: Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. She is a freelance writer and member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Follow on Twitter @AnnPietrangelo

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8:24PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Thanks for sharing

2:17PM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Cheers, NAN.
I understand what your saying. With the Primal Diet, I only go as far as fish and eggs for animal protein. This diet goes beyond good health, it is a rejuvenating diet, if you commit to it. If you just want to tailor it to suit your lifestyle, and beliefs, it can work nicely for you.
Cheers.

10:12AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Sending prayers your way. Hope all goes well.

6:12AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

Thanks, Keith. I will check it out. But food is such a dilemma for me. I don't want to eat bad food, don't want to eat carbs (fattening at my age and my addiction), dont want to hurt the animals. It is difficult being perfect and I cant be. Although I do believe a plant-based diet is healthiest, most slimming, and best for the animals and planet, so that's what my forever goal is. I am the only female & oldest besides my mom in a family of three sisters, including me - I am the only one (63 yrs old) who has not gotten breast cancer. Vegan for many years, organic for many years, and all the "avoid breast cancer" stuff. Coincidence?

5:46AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

NAN.V.
You're on the right track there.
Pasteurised milk, and cooked meats are probably a no no, but these same 2 foods in their raw form are excellent for health and regeneration!
Of course do your own research on this concept. The Primal Diet site( Wewant2live) is a good place to start.
All the best.

4:56AM PDT on Apr 24, 2011

I never get mammagrams. They are dangerous. I've always gotten ultrasounds (just as effective) and now I get thermagrams. I also try to avoid dairy and meat. I eat very very little, and usually only if I travel and having a difficult time finding veggies dishes. Dairy ups the estrogen and meat messes up hormones. Good luck to all women with this dreadful fear. Oh, and try to eat organic foods - pesticides turn into organo-estrogen.

9:11PM PDT on Apr 15, 2011

Sending positive thoughts your way, hope all turns out well :)

2:08PM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

I hope everything goes well, sending love and hope to you!

11:43AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

Must be so scary

7:16PM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

im so moved by your story god bless!

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